After a July 4th car accident in Carlisle PA ended the life of 29-year-old Alisha Nicole Cromer, the driver of the car who caused the fatal wreck now faces serious criminal charges. The charges against 36-year-old Jennifer Lynn Everett, of Mount Holly Springs, came down this week.
The fatal crash occurred when Everett was driving her blue Toyota Camry eastbound on Walnut Bottom Road, with Cromer as her passenger. Witnesses driving behind Everett noticed the car was having difficulty staying between the lanes, then it unpredictably veered straight across the road and into the oncoming lane of travel. The car spun out sideways then hit a tree on the other side of the road.
Cromer, Everett’s passenger, was declared dead as a result of the crash at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, according to the Dauphin County coroner's office. Although Everett was seriously injured in the crash, she survived. However, blood and urine results taken while she was being treated at the hospital were positive for cocaine.
Subsequently, Everett has been charged with felony homicide by vehicle, felony homicide by vehicle while DUI, misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person, misdemeanor DUI involving a controlled substance, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane of travel. Her preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Criminal vs. Civil Lawsuits in Pennsylvania
Even if Everett’s criminal case is still ongoing, she may also be the subject of a civil lawsuit by Cromer’s family for the injuries and loss of life caused by her negligent or reckless actions. These cases differ from criminal cases in that the latter are brought by the state in order to punish wrongdoers for bad acts through jail time and/or fines, while the former are brought by those affected by a Pennsylvania car accident in order to recover financial compensation for the damages caused by the wreck.
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